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Art & Soul: The Art Of Well Being - How Self-Compassion Could Help Us During These Turbulent Times

Paulette Grotrian
Paulette Grotrian

It sometimes feels like we're in a perfect storm or "life quake," right now, according to Paulette Grotrian, certified mindful self-compassion teacher, mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. and founding member of the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness.  In this week's "Art and Soul: The Art of Well-Being," she talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about how self-compassion can offer us some helpful coping skills to deal with this difficult situation and time.

Grotrian says there's a lot of research and science behind self-compassion and its benefits.

First, there's a course on mindful self-compassion that includes three elements, including noticing the current moment and its difficulties.  Secondly, to know that we're not alone, and there is a common humanity to what we're going through.  And finally, to ask yourself, "What do I need right now?"

She advises learning some skills to comfort ourselves and say some nice words to ourselves, perhaps something a friend might say to you and offering those words to yourself.

She says putting yourself first is difficult for some people, and it's best to take care of yourself first so you can help others.  Grotrian shares the quote, "You cannot pour from an empty cup."

So fill yourself up first, so you can come from a place that is a litle stronger, more compassionate, and kinder.


Mindful Self-Compassion Short Course Online
6 Thursdays, September 10--October 15, 2020

10:30 - 11:30 am EDT
Paulette Grotrian 
Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher 
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher
Founding Member Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness

Join me for this new 90-minute, 6-week Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion (SC-MSC).
Enhance the skills we all need to meet today's challenges and uncertainty with more wisdom, kindness, and compassion. 
The Short Course includes MSC’s informal practices, as well as ways to bring more self-compassion into daily life.

SC-MSC was developed by MSC’s pioneering researchers and clinicians, Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer for those who are short on time and cannot engage in the longer 2 ½ hour 8-week class.
This new course from the Center for MSC is offered via Zoom and  includes recorded meditations and handouts. 

Free Introductory Session, TH Sep 3, 10:30-11:30 EDT
Cost: $150 (Compassionate COVID-19 Discount was $240;
Still $120 for all repeat participants.)
6 CEs available separately


By Danna Faulds
There is no controlling life.
Try corralling a lightning bolt, containing a tornado. 
Dam a stream and it will create a new channel. 
Resist, and the tide will sweep you off your feet.
Allow, and grace will carry
you to higher ground. 
The only safety lies in letting it all in –
the wild and the weak; fear,
fantasies, failures and success.
When loss rips off the doors of the heart, or sadness veils your
vision with despair,
Practice becomes simply bearing the truth.
In the choice to let go of your known way of being, the whole
world is revealed to your new eyes.





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Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
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